National Police chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar ordered an accounting of lawmen whose family members and relatives are running for elective positions in localities where they are assigned, so they can be transferred to other areas.
“This is part of our commitment to continuously isolate the PNP from partisan politics,” Eleazar said in a statement.
Chiefs of police were directed to start the accounting of personnel whose relatives have already filed certificates of candidacy or would certainly run for public office in the May elections, he said.
Those personnel will, possibly, be re-assigned to areas outside the cities, municipalities, and even provinces where their relatives would seek elective posts, said Eleazar.
The PNP chief noted that there were instances in the past where some policemen were reported to have actively campaigned for their relatives or intervened on their behalf.
“This is to ensure that any of our personnel would not be given the opportunity to intervene and likewise prevent speculations and allegations in the future that the PNP is engaging in partisan politics, especially at the local level,” Eleazar stressed.
He assured that the PNP would remain apolitical and will hold accountable any personnel who defies that commitment.
Meanwhile, Eleazar said the filing of the COCs and certificate of nomination and acceptance (CONA) nationwide has remained peaceful and orderly, and assured that police will continue to secure the process up to its last day.
“We have prepared well for this, and we are confident that the peaceful and orderly filing of COCs and CONAs will be maintained until the last day,” he said.